West Virginia County Resources

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This entry was originally written by Johni Cerny, in Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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All but five of the counties (Grant, Lincoln, Mineral, Mingo, and Summers) that comprise West Virginia were formed between 1754 (Hampshire) and 1860 (Webster). Each county courthouse has the records created by the clerk since its inception. Microfilm copies of the records (nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) can be searched at the Archives and History Library in Charleston, the West Virginia University West Virginia University Library West Virginia Regional History Collection in Morgantown, and the The Family History Library (FHL).

The chart following this section gives the address of each county courthouse and the years covered by each record source. Some counties will answer mail inquiries, but will charge a fee for the time it takes to perform the search and copy costs. Check the website of the National Association of County Organizations, for additional information.

Land, probate, and vital records are located at the clerk’s office at the county seat. Court records, including naturalizations and divorces, are at the circuit court clerk’s office at the county seat. In addition to general sources for all states (see pages 17-18), the following has been used to compile the following chart:

  • West Virginia County Formations and Boundary Changes. Charleston, W.Va.: Historical Records Survey, 1939.
  • Sims, Edgar Barr. Making a State: Formation of West Virginia. Charleston, W.Va.: the author, 1956.


Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
F4 Barbour 8 N. Main St., P.O. Box 310, Philippi 26416-1140 1843 Harrison/Lewis/Randolph185318431853184318431843
J3 Berkeley 126 W. King St., Martinsburg 25401-3210 1772 Frederick, Va.186517811865177217721772
B7 Boone 206 Court St., Madison 25130-1106 1847 Kanawha/Cabell/Logan186518651865184718651865
D5 BraxtonP.O. Box 486, Sutton 26601-0486 1836 Lewis/Nicholas185818361858183618361836
E1 Brooke632 Main St., Wellsburg 26070-1743 1797 Ohio185317971853179717971797
A6 Cabell750 Fifth Ave., Ste. 300, Huntington 25701-2019 1809 Kanawha185318091853180818091809
D5 CalhounP.O. Box 230, Grantsville 26147-0230 1856 Gilmer185618561856185618561856
C6 Clay207 Main St., Clay 25043-0190 1858 Braxton/Nicholas/Kanawha185818581858185818581858
D3 Doddridge118 E. Court St., Rm. 102, West Union 26456-1262 1845 Harrison/Tyler/Ritchie/Lewis185318451862184518491845
D7 Fayette100 N. Court St., Fayetteville 25840-1200 1831 Logan/Nicholas/Greenbrier/Kanawha186618311831183118321831
D4 Gilmer10 Howard St., Courthouse, Glenville 26351-1246 1845Lewis/Kanawha185318451853184518451845
G4 Grant5 Highland Ave., Petersburg 26847-1705 1866Hardy186618661866186618661866
E7 GreenbrierP.O. Box 506, Lewisburg 24901-0506 1778Montgomery, Va./ Botetourt, Va.185317811853178017801780
H3 HampshireP.O. Box 806, Romney 26757-0806 1754Frederick, Va./Augusta, Va. 186518241865175717561736
E1 HancockP.O. Box 485, New Cumberland 26047-0485 1848Brooke185318541853184818481848
H4 Hardy204 Washington St., Rm 111, Moorefield 26836-1155 1786Hampshire185317951853178617861786
E4 Harrison301 W. Main St., Clarksburg 26301-2909 1784Monongalia185317841853178617881784
B5 JacksonP.O. Box 800, Ripley 25271-0800 1831Mason/Wood/Kanawha185318311853183118311831
K3 Jefferson110 E. Washington St., Charles Town 25414-1072 1801Berkeley185318011853180118011801
C6 Kanawha407 Virginia St. East, Charleston 25301-2524 1788Greenbrier/Montgomery185317921853179017891773
E4 LewisP.O. Box 466, Weston 26452-0466 1816Harrison185318161853181718161817
B6 LincolnP.O. Box 497, Hamlin 25523-0497 1867–69Boone/Cabell/Logan/Kanawha/Wayne190919091909190919091909
B7 Logan300 Stratton St., Logan 25601-3924 1824Giles, Va./Cabell/Tazewell, Va./Kanawha187218721872182418731824
E3 Marion200 Jackson St. Rm. 403, Fairmont 26554-2963 1842Monongalia/Harrison186018421842184218421842
D2 MarshallDrawer B, Moundsville 26041-2192 1835Ohio185318351853183518351835
B5 Mason200 Sixth St., Point Pleasant 25550-1131 1804Kanawha185318061853180318051805
B8 McDowell90 Wyoming St., Ste. 111, Welch 24801-2487 1858Tazewell, Va.187218591894186818931859
D8 Mercer1501 W. Main St., Princeton 24740-2600 1837Giles, Va./Tazewell, Va.185318531853183718371837
H3 Mineral150 Armstrong St., Keyser 26726-3500 1866Hampshire186618661866186618661866
A7 MingoP.O. Box 1197, Williamson 25661-1197 1895Logan189518951895189518951895
E3 Monongalia243 High St., Morgantown 26505-5434 1776District of West Augusta, Va.1853179618531776 (index)17741774
E8 MonroeMain St./P.O. Box 350, Union 24983-0350 1799Greenbrier185317991853179917991799
J3 MorganP.O. Box 28, Berkeley Springs 25411-0028 1820Berkeley/Hampshire186518201865182018201820
D6 Nicholas700 Main St., Summersville 26651-1444 1818Greenbrier/Kanawha/Randolph185318171853181818201818
D2 Ohio1500 Chapline St., Wheeling 26003-3553 1776District of West Augusta, Va.185317931853177817761777
G5 PendletonP.O. Box 187, Franklin 26807-0187 1788Augusta, Va./Hardy/Rockingham, Va.185318001853178917891789
C3 Pleasants301 Court Lane, Ste. 101, Saint Marys 26170-1317 1851Wood/Tyler/Ritchie185318531853185118521851
E6 Pocahontas900-C Tenth St., Marlinton 24954-1310 1821Bath, Va./Randolph/Pendleton185318221853182218221822
F3 Preston101 W. Main St., Kingwood 26537-1121 1818Monongalia186818691868181818691881
B5 Putnam3389 Winfield Rd., Winfield 25213-9370 1848Kanawha/Cabell/Mason185418481853184818481848
C7 Raleigh215 Main St., Beckley 25801-4612 1850Fayette185318501853185018501850
F5 RandolphP.O. Box 2092, Elkins 26241-2092 1787Harrison185617871853178717871787
D4 Ritchie115 E. Main St., Rm. 201, Harrisville 26362-1271 1842Harrison/Lewis/Wood185318431853184418431844
C5 RoaneP.O. Box 69, Spencer 25276-0069 1856Kanawha/Calhoun/Jackson185618561856185618561856
D8 SummersP.O. Box 97, Hinton 25951-0097 1871Fayette/Mercer/Greenbrier/Monroe187118711871187118711871
E3 Taylor214 W. Main St., Grafton 26354-1387 1844Harrison/Barbour/Marion185318531853184418441844
F4 Tucker213 First St., Parsons 26287-1235 1856Randolph185618561856185618561856
D3 Tyler121 Main St. , P.O. Box 66, Middlebourne 26149-0066 1814Ohio185318151853181318151815
E5 Upshur38 W. Main St., Buckhannon 26201-2259 1851Randolph/Lewis/Barbour185318531853185118521851
A6 WayneP.O. Box 248, Wayne 25570-0248 1842Cabell185318531853184218431842
E5 Webster2 Court Sq., Room G-1, Webster Springs 26268-1049 1860Nicholas/Braxton/Randolph188718871887188718871887
D3 WetzelP.O. Box 156, New Martinsville 26155-0149 1846Tyler18541845 (index)1854 184618471846
C4 WirtP.O. Box 53, Elizabeth 26143-0053 1848Wood/Jackson187018541870184818481848
C4 Wood1 Courthouse Sq., Parkersburg 26101-5399 1798Harrison185318001853179818001798
C8 WyomingP.O. Box 309, Pineville 24874-0309 1850Logan185318551853185018501850
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